You may not know this, but a lot of Americans smoke weed. And, contrary to what the National Basketball Association (or National Football League) wants you to believe, some of those Americans are professional athletes. Here’s a few basketball players that have been around the scene and love cannabis for various personal reasons.
Golden State Warriors
Player: Sam Mack
Chased by police after running a stop sign, Sam Mack’s car finally stopped in front of his mom’s house. Police discovered 20 individually wrapped bags of marijuana, one rock of cocaine, a digital scale, and more than $2,800 in small bills.
Los Angeles Clippers
Player: DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan denied smoking marijuana outside one of Amsterdam’s famous “coffee shops” with then-teammates Matt Barnes and Glen Davis, even though he later posted a photo of he and Barnes with marijuana aficionado Wiz Khalifa.
Los Angeles Lakers
Player: Corie Blount
Corie Blount was arrested for possession of 29 pounds of marijuana. He told the judge that it was all for “personal use”, in which the judge responded, “Cheech and Chong would have had a hard time smoking that much.”
Player: Steve Nash
Steve Nash was allegedly at a club, smelled marijuana, and asked if someone had a bowl. The person asked Nash if he smoked, to which Nash allegedly responded, “I’m from Vancouver, bro.”
Player: Travis Outlaw
Outlaw was indicted on felony possession of marijuana charges after he was arrested with “greater than 250 grams of marijuana but less than one kilogram.”
Player: Mike Scott
Mike Scott and his brother were caught with 35.2 grams of marijuana and 10.9 grams of MDMA. They failed to yield to police and reached a speed of 98 MPH trying to flee. Upon being stopped Scott told police, “There’s some weed in there.”
Player: Dante Cunningham
During the Bobcats years, police found marijuana and a loaded BB gun in Dante Cunningham’s pickup truck after he was pulled over for speeding and reckless driving,
Player: Michael Beasley
The Beas showed off his new “SUPER COOL BEAS” tattoo in a photo that also famously showed off a bag of weed in the background.
Player: Keith Appling
The former Magic guard was arrested for attempting to flee from police. He was pulled over and police noticed “a strong odor of marijuana” coming from the car and asked Appling for his drivers license. As the officer attempted to reach inside to obtain the license, Appling drove off while the officers hand was still inside. He then threw a Gucci bag from his car. Police later retrieved the bag—which had Appling’s name imprinted on it—and found a handgun inside.
Player: Chris Webber
U.S. Customs found marijuana in Chris Webber’s bag when leaving Puerto Rico. As a result of the bust, Webber was dropped by Fila.